By Stephen Downes
November 18, 2003

. . . A Simple Question:
This article kind of sets the tone for today's issue, which didn't start with a plan or a theme but seems to have acquired one. The author poses the question, "Why are there so few literary translations published each year in the United States?" Fair enough, but it's the answer that is shocking: it's all the fault of those foreign governments, who don't subsidize American publishers' translation costs. What? By John O’Brien, Context, November, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

The Digital Death Rattle of the American Middle Class: A Cautionary Tale
This title may seem to have little to do with either learning or technology, but the author draws the connections exactly where I would draw them. First, "the neoliberal redefinition of higher education as a private good precisely at the time when U.S. intellectual laborers are seen as too expensive, as increasingly not economically viable in a transnational corporatist order (with) consequent reductions in the number of U.S. 'symbolic workers' will be line with the declining competitiveness of U.S. intellectual labor in a global intellectual labor market." Second, "our techno-corporations are our contemporary colonial powers, restlessly traversing the rhizomatic arrangement of people and places in search of profit and performative nirvanas. By doing so, they aggressively reshape social routines, values and relationships in the process." By Dion Dennis, CTheory, November 18, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Scope For Replicating BPO Success Model In E-Learning
Short article touting the potential for India's e-learning industry. "The resource base of highly-educated English speaking workforce, vendors offering competitive rates and quick turnover time, is likely to make India a profitable and attractive destination for global corporates." E-Learning also received positive coverage in yesterday's Times of India, indicating a wider awareness of the potential in that country. Very definitely something to keep an eye on. By Various Authors, Financial Express, November 19, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Top 10 Innovative Projects
I sincerely doubt that the top 10 innovative projects of the year in online learning were all American projects. Most likely, the authors of this piece did not look beyond their own borders. Too bad; while this list is a valuable contribution and worth taking a look at, the authors could have provided an even more valuable service to their readers had they looked further afield. But for the rest of us, this is an insightful glimpse into some of the valuable contributions being made by organizations across the United States. By T&L Editors, Tech-Learning, November 15, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Send Back Your MP3s!
If something has been stolen, then the right thing to do is to send it back, right? That's the premise - and the absurdity - behind this new campaign to get people to send back the MP3s they had illegally downloaded. Obviously, the music publishers would not be able to cope with the millions of MP3s they say were 'stolen'. Because these aren't 'stolen' MP3s - they're copies, which is a very different thing. Nice anti-meme. By Various Authors, November, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

Learning About Learning Objects
This new site intended for instructors in California is designed to facilitate the creation of learning objects. Some are already on display. Alas, no RSS feed. By Various Authors, November, 2003 [Refer][Research][Reflect]

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